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STD: Serious Teen Damage!

Parents and Concerned Adults: HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS? “I’m so embarrassed…How can I teach abstinence when I didn’t wait?” “This is awkward… Should we talk about birth control?” “How can we judge how much physical affection is appropriate in a relationship?” ANSWER: When it’s time for…THE TALK! The Federal Center for Disease Control estimates that: close to 1 million pregnancies occur to teenage girls each year and more than 1/3 of these pregnancies are aborted. Teen cases of HIV double every fourteen months, and one in every 250 people in the nation are now infected with this deadly virus. 63% of all STD cases occur among persons less than 25 years of age. An estimated 1/3 of sexually active teenage girls are infected with chlamydia and/or human papilloma virus (HPV) [www.cpr1.org – CPR – Creating Positive Relationships]   Oral Sex is Associated with HIV Infection A recent study presented at the 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections revealed that data has existed for some time that oral sex could be a considerable route for HIV infection. A study of 102 men by the CDC and the Univ of CA at San Francisco found that 8 of these men were infected with HIV through oral sex. This is a transmission rate of nearly 8 percent for something people thought was safe…While this study surprised researchers at this conference and stunned the gay community in San Francisco, it wasn’t necessarily new news. A study in the journal Science in 1996 concluded that “the oral route can lead to infection”. [Science, “AIDS: SIV Data Raises Concern on Oral-Sex...

How Important Are Parents?

You are VERY IMPORTANT! Even though your tweens and teens may ACT as if they aren’t listening, you can rest assured they are. Our times are very confusing, and teens are searching for help. In survey after survey, they respond that they want to talk to parents first. THEY ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO TALK TO THEM! And please be clear! Give them the truth — abstinence until marriage will protect them from bushels and pecks of physical and emotional damage. Even if you were sexually experienced as a teen, you don’t want all those problems for your own children! So tell them! Remember, a hypocrite is one who says one thing and continues to do something else, whereas a wise person is one who did something in the past, learned from that mistake, and now tries to help others avoid that pitfall. If you love your children a bushel and a peck, tell them so! Talk to them, encourage them to abstain from nonmarital sex, drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes because that is what is BEST FOR THEM — for their present and for their future! If you find they have already experienced sexual activity, lovingly encourage them to stop and become secondary virgins, in order to protect their physical and emotional health from this point forward. “Parental supervision of early dating was an extremely important predictor of teenage pregnancy…rates of teenage pregnancy were reduced when parents supervised who the adolescent dated, where the adolescent went on dates, and the arrival time back home. Thus, the influence of parents is an important component in the complex set of factors...